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Language Professionals’ Networking Event is back on Friday, 27th of January 2023

“Yes, I have an Accent, Decolonise your Ears”

An open forum discussion on language-related bias

Language bias refers to the idea that we are inclined to favour those who communicate in the same way as us: people who speak our language, have the same accent, and use similar vocabulary or slang. To a certain extent, we’re all prone to it. But when it leads to (potentially unconscious) prejudice and discrimination, it’s harmful.

To quote the speaker:

“Colonial mentality largely contributes to the discrimination experienced by people with non-European accents. Expecting people to speak in a particular way indicates a colonial mindset, rather than their ability to use or understand English or any other language. Unfortunately, people with this mentality forget that accents are not universal. Even in their own European countries, they have regional differences.”

So, join us on January 27th to learn more about language-related bias, and to contribute your own thoughts on this topic if you feel comfortable. Of course, this discussion will take place alongside our usual networking – offering the opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded language professionals.

About the Speaker

Dr. Maame Nikabs

Maame Afua Nikabs is a business thought leader and thinking partner who helps people, individuals and organisations move from where they are to where they want to go. She is the founder of LingLab Consult, specialising in business communication, diversity, inclusion and equality training and consultancy. She hosts a weekly language matters podcast and is also an academic fellow at Africa No Filter. Maame holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London. Maame is joining us to share her story and experience that has led to her passion in transforming organisation cultures.


Twitter: @mnikabs

Feel free to connect with Maame on LinkedIn and Facebook

Programme and agenda:

(All times displayed are UK London times.)

➡️ 7pm: The virtual doors open. Grab a drink and join us.

➡️ 7.05pm: Welcome by the host

➡️ 7.10pm: Introduction to the topic from guest speaker Maame Nikabs

➡️ 7.20pm: Open-forum discussion

➡️ 8.00pm: Structured networking, exchange of contact details

➡️ 8.30pm: End of the event

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What is Language Professionals’ Networking Event?

Language Professionals’ Networking Event is a non-profit, independent monthly social gathering. What started out as a London-based initiative back in the summer of 2018, has now organically grown into an online community of 1000+ language professionals from all over the world. 

The purpose of our monthly interdisciplinary meetings is to provide an informal platform where language professionals across all disciplines can meet and connect in a supportive, informal environment.

We’re not a membership community. Anyone who considers themselves a language professional is welcome to join.

Who are the Attendees?

Language teachers, coaches, trainers, tutors, translators, interpreters, transcreators, voice-over actors, voice coaches, language and speech therapists, language and translation consultants, researchers, subtitlers, proofreaders, editors, copywriters, journalists, forensic linguists, multilingual VAs, computer linguists, language entrepreneurs, and many other wonderful souls follow the initiative and join us each month.

We meet and learn from each other. We are inspired by talks and interviews with some brilliant minds. We ask for support, connect with each other and learn of new opportunities.

When purchasing a ticket, your contribution includes a donation to support the pioneering research work of Moorfields Eye Charity, making a difference for patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital and for people with sight problems around the world.

Come along and connect with like-minded language professionals from around the world.